- On November 19, 2018
Several secondary airports in Southeast Asia are booming. Tourism is a big driver, enabling airports to attract international flights that were previously not possible. Capacity constraints at primary airports is also a factor, forcing several airlines to open new bases or routes from secondary airports as they expand their fleets.
International traffic at Cebu in the Philippines grew by 21% in 2016 and 29% in 2017. Clark and Puerto Princesa also have grown rapidly while a new international airport is opening in Bohol is opening this year.
In Thailand, international traffic has grown rapidly at Chiang Mai, Krabi and Pattaya/U-Tapao. In Vietnam, Da Nang, Nha Trang and Phu Quoc have enjoyed rapid growth.
Qatar Airways now serves four secondary destinations in Southeast Asia (Chiang Mai, Krabi, Penang and UTapao) and will another four in the coming months (Cebu, Davao, Da Nang and Langkawi). Securing Qatar is a major development as most of these markets previously did not have any services outside East Asia.
- Why are airlines pursuing rapid expansion at several secondary destinations in Southeast Asia?
- Which airlines have been most aggressive at launching new international routes from secondary destinations and airports?
- How has the outbound China market contributed to this growth?
- Can these smaller airports realistically support long haul flights?
Moderator: Aviation Cooperation Program, Director, Sandeep Bahl
- AirAsia, CEO, Riad Asmat
- Jetstar Asia, CEO, Barathan Pasupathi
- Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority, General Manager/CEO, Steve Dicdican